Tuesday, 16 February 2016

16th February 2016

Weather: SE force 3/5, ice early
By far the highlight of the morning was a male Goosander which flew south down the west side of the island. A pair of Red-breasted mergansers were also logged along with 20 Common Scoter and 3 Great Crested Grebes. The Brent were counted at 184 including a single dark-bellied bird while the usual waders around the shore included 110 Knot and 2 Grey Plovers and on the island were 2 Song Thrushes, 2 Rock Pipits, a male Blackbird and a male Linnet. Fresh signs today suggest that the Red Fox is still present.
Snowdrops can now be seen on the island (right,AEH).

Knot feeding on the rocky shore (AEH)

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